In 1887 a Denver Priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. These 4 gentlemen put their heads together to plan for the first United Campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counseling, and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred.
That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. Over 120 years later the United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of our communities and making a difference in people’s lives.
There are around 1300 community based United Way organizations throughout the United States.
In 1965 a group of local leaders came together and started the Greater Rockingham Charities. Goal was set at $28,000, 1970 the name changed to United Fund and in the 1980’s the name was changed once again to what we know of it today as the United Way of Richmond County.
The United Way of Richmond County is a local non profit organization which is governed by a volunteer board of 12 directors.
Mission and Vision Statements
Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community
Our vision is engage all citizens to work together to build a healthy, safe, caring, and stronger community.
United Way is about people helping people and making a positive impact all across our community. United Way pools your investment with those of other donors, leveraging these funds to achieve greater impact within our community. By giving to the United Way, you ensure that thousand of people from neighborhoods throughout our community receive the support and assistance they need to lead safe, healthy and rewarding lives. United Way invests your contribution in a thoughtful, effective plan for making sure that our community, families, and individuals are safe, healthy and able to reach their full potential.
All the monies that are raised in Richmond County through work place campaign, individual giving, church groups or civic groups stay in our community unless designated outside our county. Last year 98% stayed in Richmond County and our partnering agencies assisted 12,331 individuals, assisting them 147,686 times in 2014. The United Way of Richmond County partners with 17 agency programs that serve Richmond County resident to address the needs of OUR community.
Our partnering agencies:
Children & Youth
● Sandhills Children Center Provides educational and health care services for children with special needs. Birth to five years of age.
● Cordova School Provides an instructional program that promotes growth and development appropriate for the individual needs of each student. Serves children ages 5 - 22.
● Richmond County 4-H Clubs Youth organization committed to building outstanding citizen leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. After school programs, summer fun activities, specialty and summer camps. Ages 5 to 19 yrs.
● Boy Scouts Prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Boy Scout Oath & Law This Programs teaches behavior, citizenship, self-reliance and teamwork. Offers merit badge programs.
● Girl Scouts This program is designed to build girls courage, confidence and character to help make the world a better place. Offers merit badge programs.
● Leak Street Alumni After school and summer program for at risk children and young adults. Provide supportive, educational services and tutoring.
● Back Pack Pals Distribution of food items to the needy, citizens. Provide nutritious food via backpacks to the underprivileged school children. Program works with Richmond County Schools.
Health & Wellness
● Richmond Co. Aging Services: Provide services to assist functionally impaired seniors 60 yrs or older and their families with essential home management, such as laundering, light housekeeping, and light meal preparation.
● Samaritan Colony: In patient alcohol and drug treatment program for males. Structured program that educates males about their disease and recovery process that will enable them to assume responsibility of the treatment of illness and once again become a responsible member of their families and community.
Strengthening & Supporting
● Richmond County Literacy Council Provides service to enhance literacy among the residents of our community. Focus on serving a diverse community through educational programs in an individual learning environment which promotes academic and life skills.
● Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills Partner with families in need and the entire community to build or repair decent, affordable homes.
● American Red Cross Provides disaster relief, assistance to military families, veterans, fire victims, conduct CPR training and local bloodmobiles.
● Our Daily Bread Provides boxes and bags of nutritious food to the poor and needy of our community.
● New Horizons Life & Family Services Confidential Domestic violence service, sexual abuse counseling. Provide a safe haven for women and children.
● Salvation Army Provides emergency financial assistance (rent/mortgage, and utilities) to needed families.
● Rockingham Rescue Squad Provide quality health care, rescue and emergency services.
When we think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of other’s lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. You may never know whose live you touched. It could be a co-worker, that has been burned out of his/her home, neighbor that has been abused by his/her spouse locate a safe haven or friendly voice. Friends, neighbors and family members are touched everyday in our community by one or more of our partnering agencies.
If you would be interested in a work place campaign or individual contribution or if you would like more information about the United Way of Richmond County, please contact Michelle Parrish at 910.997.2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org our mailing address is PO Box 153, Rockingham and you can find us on Facebook.